Early Childhood and Elementary Education

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Early Childhood and Elementary Education

  • Practicum, field experience, and student teaching opportunities
  • Emphasis on service learning

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Early Childhood and Elementary Education at Marywood

Marywood's program prepares you for the challenges and rewards of teaching persons with exceptional learning needs at all levels of development from birth to age twenty-one. Your coursework in professional studies and liberal arts -- taught in small classes and enhanced with real-world experience beginning in your first year -- will emphasize creative thinking, the evaluation of contemporary educational issues, and development of leadership skills. The faculty will consider you a professional colleague as well as a student: teacher candidates are required to maintain professional membership in the Council for Exceptional Children. You'll graduate prepared to be a leader in the areas of mental retardation, behavior disorders, learning disabilities, and multiple disabilities; you'll be ready to serve as a teacher in grades K through 12 in a school or residential setting, as a professional in adult services, or in another position of responsibility in this growing field.

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Amy Paciej-Woodruff, Ph.D.​
Assistant Professor, Higher Education Administration

Christine L. Fryer, Ed.D.
Chairperson of the School of Education, Clinical Assistant Professor

Joseph A. Polizzi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Education and Educational Leadership

Frances E. Russell, I.H.M., Ph.D, C.M.F.C
Associate Professor of Education
This is just a sample of our Education faculty - see them all!

Approximately 90% of our graduates go directly into teaching or other special education careers. Approximately 10% of our graduates go on to graduate study. Approximately 85% of students attend graduate school on a part-time basis while teaching.

Nicole

I couldn't be happier with where my life has taken me and I have my experiences at Marywood to thank for that.

I graduated from Marywood in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in special education and middle school math/science. While at Marywood, I participated in alternative spring break service trips to places like West Virginia, New York City, and Guatemala. These experiences led me to participate in a year of service after I graduated. I became an AmeriCorps member in Palm Beach County, Florida where I worked at Believers Academy, an emotional/behavioral high school. My main focus was to help students improve their reading skills, but I also helped with job skills, such as creating a resume and filling out an application. I also worked numerous community-based service projects throughout the year including Habitat for Humanity, Surfers for Autism, and Special Olympics. 

The students and staff that I worked with during my year of service were so amazing and truly touched my heart. The following school year, I transitioned from an AmeriCorps member to a full-time math and science teacher at Believers Academy. I couldn't be happier with where my life has taken me and I have my experiences at Marywood to thank for that.

 

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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Early Childhood and Elementary Education (PK-4)

(available independently or as dual certification with Special Education)

The curriculum requirements discussed in this section are subject to change, based on guidelines and the program approval process established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

The program prepares prospective early childhood educators who have a desire to specialize in working with children from birth through age nine in a variety of programs, including preschool, PK, and elementary K-4 classrooms. The Early Childhood and Elementary Education program is a unique program that blends the historical and philosophical perspectives of early childhood education and research and practice in the field in order to give prospective teachers the knowledge and skills required to work in inclusive classroom settings.

This program also gives students the opportunity to pursue dual certification in special education.

The curriculum requirements are:

EDUC 00_ Field Experience (ongoing)
0
EDUC 004A ECE Field Experience I & II (taken with EDUC 300/301) .5,.5
EDUC 005A* Practicum Block A 1
EDUC 005B* Practicum Block B 1
EDUC 100/101 Introduction to Education .5,.5
PSYC 214 Child Psychology (Prerequisite to EDUC 311) 3
SPED 100 Characteristics of Students with Disabilities 3
EDUC 108 Orientation to Early Childhood Education
3
EDUC 300 Early Childhood Curriculum I
3
EDUC 301 Early Childhood Curriculum II 3
EDUC 302 Child in the Family 3
EDUC 309F* Curriculum and Instruction: Math 3
EDUC 309G* Curriculum and Instruction: Science 3
EDUC 309H* Curriculum and Instruction: Social Studies 3
EDUC 309L Curriculum and Instruction: Children's Literature 1.5
EDUC 309M* Curriculum and Instruction: Language & Literacy I 4
EDUC 309N* Curriculum and Instruction: Language & Literacy II 3
EDUC 311 Educational Psychology 3
SPED 300* Curriculum Adaptations 3
SPED 350 Assessment and Planning for Young Children 3
SPED 352** Diagnostic and Prescriptive Teaching 3
SPED 367* Behavior and Classroom Management 3
SPED 400* Law and Collaboration 3
EDUC 461 Methods, Materials and Assessment of ELL 3
EDUC 442* Student Teaching 9
Additional Liberal Arts Credits
BIOL 110/110L Principles of Biology + Lab 4
COMM 101 Dynamics of Speech 2
MATH 120 Mathematics in the Liberal Arts 3
SSCI 201 Introduction to Social Sciences 3

*Upper-level course:requires successful completion of sophomore screening
**Course taken with student teaching

Students may elect to enroll in a dual certification program with special education PK-8 and would take the following additional courses:

SPED 350A Practicum I (PK-3) 1
SPED 352B* Practicum II (3-8) 1
SPED 362* Secondary Programming & Career Education 3
EDUC 420 Universal Design for Learning
(taken with Student Teaching, if dual)
3

Field experience begins in the first year and culminates with the student teaching experience. Students have the opportunity to work in a variety of settings including early intervention programs, home-based programs, preschool/day care programs, and elementary (K-4) classrooms in urban, rural, and suburban locations.

The Fricchione Day Care Center, on campus, serves children from infancy through Pre-Kindergarten and can be used for field experience by students in the ECE program.

Students may also elect to enroll in a dual certification program. These lead to teacher certification in special education (PK-8) and early childhood education (PK-4) or in special education (7-12) and secondary education (7-12).

In order to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, students must complete all required liberal arts and major courses, with a minimum QPA of 3.00 overall and in the major. Additionally, they must undertake student teaching experiences. Student teaching is evaluated as satisfactory/unsatisfactory. In order to graduate, students must earn a satisfactory grade in both placements.

Curriculum Requirements for the Special Education Degree

Special Education candidates elect to teach at the PK-8 or 7-12 grade level. The major in Special Education is not a stand-alone certification; it requires dual certification with early childhood PK-4, or a secondary content area (grades 7-12).

Special Education PK-8 with Grades PK-4

Special Education PK-8 requirements:

SPED 100 Characteristics of Students with Disabilities 3
SPED 300 Curriculum Adaptations 3
SPED 350 Assessment and Planning for Young Children 3
SPED 352* Diagnostic Evaluation/Prescriptive Teaching 3
SPED 352B* Practicum II: (Grades 3-8) 1
SPED 362* Secondary Programming and Career Education
3
SPED 367* Behavior and Class Management 3
SPED 400* Law and Special Education 3
EDUC 420** Universal Design for Learning 3

Special Education PK-8 with Grades PK-4 requires the following courses in addition to the Special Education PK-8 credits listed above:

EDUC 00_ Field Experience (ongoing) 0
SPED 350A Practicum I: (PK-3) 
1
EDUC 004A/B ECE Field Experience I & II
.5/.5
EDUC 005A* Practicum Block A
1
EDUC 005B* Practicum Block B
1
EDUC 100/101 Introduction to Education
.5/.5
PSYC 214 Child Psychology (prerequisite to EDUC 311)
3
EDUC 108 Orientation to Early Childhood Special Education
3
EDUC 300 Early Childhood Curriculum I
3
EDUC 301 Early Childhood Curriculum II
3
EDUC 302 Child in the Family
3
EDUC 309F* Curriculum and Instruction: Math
3
EDUC 309G* Curriculum and Instruction: Science
3
EDUC 309H* Curriculum and Instruction: Social Studies
3
EDUC 309M* Curriculum and Instruction: Language & Literacy I
4
EDUC 309N* Curriculum and Instruction: Language & Literacy II
3
EDUC 311 Educational Psychology
3
EDUC 461 Methods, Materials and Assessment of ESL
3
EDUC 442* Student Teaching (1 of 2 placements is in a SPED setting)
9

Additional Liberal Arts Credits

BIOL 110/110L Principles of Biology + Lab
4
COMM 101 Dynamics of Speech
2
MATH 120 Math in the Liberal Arts
3
SSCI 201 Introduction to Social Sciences
3

*Upper-level course: requires successful completion of sophomore screening
**Course taken with student teaching

Special Education 7-12 with Math 7-12 or English 7-12 Certification

Special Education 7-12 major requirements:

SPED 100 Characteristics of Students with Disabilities
3
SPED 300 Curriculum Adaptations 3
SPED 352* Diagnostic Evaluation/Prescriptive Teaching 3
SPED 362* Secondary Programming and Career Education
3
SPED 362C* Practicum III (for Grades 7-12 only)
1
SPED 367* Behavior and Classroom Management 3
SPED 400* Law and Special Education
3
EDUC 420** Universal Design for Learning
3

Five-Year Bachelor’s to Master’s Programs

Marywood University offers a five-year program leading to a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education and Special Education and a Master of Science Degree in Reading Education. Students can earn both degrees in as little as five years with multiple teacher certifications in the areas of Grades PK-4, Special Education PK-8, and Reading Specialist K-12. Successful students will have flexibility in choosing career opportunities and will be prepared to teach in a special education setting, or accept a teaching assignment in a regular early education placement, or as a building or district reading specialist.

Undergraduate education requirements are:

EDUC 00_ Field Experience (ongoing) 0
EDUC 004A/B ECE Field Experience I & II (taken with EDUC 300/031) .5/.5
EDUC 005A* Practicum Block A 1
EDUC 005B* Practicum Block B 1
EDUC 100/101 Introduction to Education .5/.5
PSYC 251 Developmental Psychology (prerequisite to EDUC 311) 3
SPED 100 Characteristics of Students with Disabilities 3
EDUC 108 Orientation to Early Childhood Special Education 3
EDUC 300 Early Childhood Curriculum I 3
EDUC 301 Early Childhood Curriculum II 3
EDUC 302 Child in the Family 3
EDUC 309F* Curriculum and Instruction: Math 3
EDUC 309G* Curriculum and Instruction: Science 3
EDUC 309H* Curriculum and Instruction: Social Studies 3
R ED 524A* Creative Teaching of Language Arts 4
R ED 526* Teaching Content Area Reading 3
EDUC 311 Educational Psychology 3
EDUC 420** Universal Design for Learning 3
SPED 300 Curriculum Adaptations 3
SPED 350 Assessment and Planning for Young Children 3
SPED 350A Practicum I (PK-3) 1
SPED 352* Diagnostic Evaluation/Prescriptive Teaching 3
SPED 352B* Practicum II: (Grades 3-8) 1
SPED 362* Secondary Programming and Career Education 3
SPED 367* Behavior and Class Management 3
SPED 400* The Law and Special Education 3
EDUC 461 Methods, Materials and Assessment of ESL 3
EDUC 442* Student Teaching 9
Additional Liberal Arts Credits
BIOL 110/110L Principles of Biology + Lab 4
COMM 101 Dynamics of Speech 2
MATH 120 Math in the Liberal Arts 3
SSCI 201 Introduction to Social Sciences 3

*Upper-level course: requires successful completion of sophomore screening
**Course taken with student teaching

Students easily transition from the undergraduate phase of study to the graduate phase, given that they maintain the appropriate grade point average and stay on track with courses.

Graduate education requirements are:

R ED 530 Reading Disabilities & Diagnostics 3
R ED 533 Remedial Techniques 3
R ED 540 Practicum in Reading 3
R ED 542 Org of School Reading Programs 3
EDUC 502 Multidisciplinary Foundations of Education 3
EDUC 554 Contemporary Learning Theories 3
EDUC 501 Research Theory 3
R ED 555 Professional Contribution 0
R ED 546 Reading Specialist Internship 3

Education Minor

An 18-credit education minor is available to all university undergraduate students. The minor offers value to all majors in developing the knowledge and skills that give an advantage in teaching and leadership roles in industry and business, on teams and projects, with managing others, and for preparing instruction or communications for customers and consumers.

Education Minor

EDUC 004G Field Experience Seminar (0)
0
PSYC 251 Developmental Psychology (K-12) 
3
OR
PSYC 252 Adolescent Psychology (7-12) 3
EDUC 00_ Field Experience (20 hours)  0
SPED 100 Characteristics of Students with Disabilities  3
EDUC 00_ Field Experience (20 hours) 0
EDUC 414 Social Foundations of Education 3
R ED 426/526* Teaching Content Area Reading 3
EDUC 461/561* Methods, Materials and Assessment of ESL  3
SPED 300/511* Curriculum Adaptations 3

*Students intending to pursue the Masters of Arts in Teaching with certification after earning a Bachelor’s Degree must complete the graduate (500-level) course options which are scheduled in the senior year. Students must achieve a 3.00 GPA for successful  completion of this minor.